Knowing what specific skills are likely to be hard-to-find can often influence your entire HR strategy. If you frequently recruit for skills that are in short supply, you can develop alternative tactics for filling those positions – whether it's by expanding internal training and development programs, working with local colleges to develop course works and increase qualified candidates, or relocating candidates with your desired abilities from other areas.
Below are 10 of the most in-demand skills in engineering job ads and their Hiring Scale scores. Hiring Scale scores range from 1 to 99, with 99 representing the most difficult-to-fill, and give Recruiters an idea of conditions in the talent market. The Hiring Scale scores take into account more than just candidate supply and hiring demand. Other factors like salary and unemployment also affect the score, and give an overall picture of the difficulty that can be expected.
Hiring Difficulty for In-Demand Engineering Skills and Abilities
Engineers with Six Sigma skills and experience are likely to be the hardest-to-find on the list above, scoring a 78 on the Hiring Scale. Overall hiring demand across the US for Six Sigma skills is increasing – up about 4% from last year. HR professionals that plan to hire Six Sigma Engineers may want to look into training programs to prepare their internal staff for skill requirements, rather than sourcing for new employees. HR professionals should also suggest alternative sourcing tactics with Hiring Managers, like relocating candidates from other areas. For example, Miami, FL currently has very low demand for Six Sigma Engineers (just 35 job openings,) a comparably large talent pool (more than 700 potential candidates in the local workforce,) and scores low on the Hiring Scale. Advertising your open positions on local Miami job boards or through targeted media outlets may help you attract candidates that are looking for job opportunities in other cities.
Recruiting Conditions for Six Sigma Engineers in Miami, FL
Interestingly, there are 3 computer aided design skills among the most in-demand: Autodesk CAD, SolidWorks CAD, and Bentley MicroStation. However, they all scored very differently on the Hiring Scale in terms of difficulty-to-fill. SolidWorks was the highest scoring CAD skill, at a 63. If employers find it challenging to source candidates with this skill set, they may want to consider recruiting a candidate with a similar program, like Bentley MicroStation, and providing on-the-job, new hire training. There are likely to be transferable skills from one CAD program to another that can be applied to the job. Bentley MicroStation scores a 36 on the Hiring Scale, the lowest of the above skills and far below the average Engineering job. There are 2,700 jobs being advertised currently that require MicroStation knowledge. However, our Candidate Supply data estimates there are 29,000 Engineers currently working in the US with this experience, which should be enough to meet demand.
Candidate Supply Counts for Engineers w. Bentley MicroStation Skills
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